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Pennsylvania officials came under fire this week when they attempted to collect money owed for school lunches in one of the poorest districts in the state.
Behind the shield of anonymity, members of a neo-Confederate hate group appeared to have emerged without consequences for their participation in a deadly Virginia rally. But that shield has vanished.
Clifton Franklin was a high school football running back who – at 16 – wanted to play in a big game between Louisiana rivals. His mother, however, had other plans.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that it plans to resume the executions of people who are awaiting the death penalty in federal prisons, ending nearly two decades in which the federal government had not imposed capital punishment.
After seeking asylum from Guatemala at a port of entry in 2017, M.C.L. and his 7-year-old son spent two days in various cells where the temperature was kept extremely cold, with only a thin blanket and a single mattress to share.
The Trump administration announced a plan this week that would “tighten” the rules governing who qualifies for food stamps, a move that would likely take basic food provisions away from about 3 million people.
Racism affects every aspect of American life – none more so than our medical system.
John Tanton, the racist architect of the modern anti-immigrant movement, has left behind a legacy that spawned more than a dozen nativist organizations, driven an anti-immigrant agenda for four decades, and found friends in the White House.
A small Facebook campaign predicated on keeping Confederate monuments in place has morphed into a group of more than 200 ardent, secretive separatists planning to make the South a separate nation. And Hatewatch has learned the identities of some of the group’s leaders and members.
SPLC sues Trump administration over new rule that makes migrants who pass through other countries ineligible for asylum
The SPLC and its partners filed a lawsuit and an emergency motion this week seeking to block a new Trump administration rule that categorically bars asylum for migrants who cross the southern border without applying for and being denied asylum in any country that they pass through on their way to the U.S.
The SPLC and its partners sued top Florida officials today over a new state law that requires local police to act as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
Federal magistrate judge recommends $14 million in damages to Jewish woman targeted in neo-Nazi harassment campaign
Federal Magistrate Judge Jeremiah Lynch issued a ruling today recommending that Andrew Anglin, publisher of a major neo-Nazi website, should pay more than $14 million in damages to Tanya Gersh, the Whitefish, Montana, woman who received a relentless barrage of antisemitic threats and messages from Anglin and his followers.
Virginia Judge Hands Down Life Sentence, Plus 419 Years, in Case of James Alex Fields Jr., Calls Attack An Act of 'Terror'
Judge Richard Moore imposed a sentence of 419 years plus life on James Alex Fields Jr., convicted of murder after the racist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017.
As the prosecution made its closing argument, photos of the nine people that Dylann Roof had shot to death in a Charleston, South Carolina, church appeared on the screen in bloody, gruesome detail.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has proclaimed Saturday as Nathan Bedford Forrest Day in his state, honoring a Confederate general who became the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, a terrorist organization that targets African Americans.
Julian Austin Calfy, a suspect in the beating of a gay man, served five years of a 16-year sentence for terroristic threatening and criminal possession of explosive material, Hatewatch has learned.
Voting is not a privilege but a right that is essential for a healthy, well-functioning democracy.
Manuel Duran, an investigative journalist who was detained after reporting on the collusion between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local law enforcement in Memphis, Tennessee, was released today from ICE detention and will be reunited with his fiancée.
The Trump administration’s social media summit today is a gathering of groups and individuals who have no business at the White House.
The SPLC urged the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today to withdraw a proposal that would eliminate housing assistance for low-income families that include both documented and undocumented immigrants.